Trump says strong US dollar, rate hikes are hurting the economy – AIWA! NO!
- President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.
- Discussing Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, Trump said that he respects Powell’s interest rate hikes but suggested he’s worried the dollar could become too strong.
RACHEL FRAZIN , THE HILL|President Trump on Saturday suggested that he was speaking sarcastically when he said in the run-up to the 2016 election that he hoped Russia found Hillary Clinton‘s deleted emails.
Trump’s remark at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) prompted a chant of “Lock her up” from attendees at the event in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington.
The president lamented that he couldn’t joke without upsetting the media while facetiously reiterating his past comments inviting Russia to find Clinton’s deleted emails.
“I’ve learned, because with the fake news, if you tell a joke, if you’re sarcastic, if you’re having fun with the audience,” he said, “If you say something like ‘Russia, please if you can, get us Hillary Clinton’s emails, please, Russia, please, please get us the emails.”
The crowd cheered enthusiastically and chanted “lock her up.”
Trump goads the crowd into booing “the fake news,” then suggests he was just being sarcastic when he called for Russian hackers to go after Hillary Clinton’s emails during a 2016 news conference.
The crowd responds with “lock her up!” chants pic.twitter.com/kuCu61UgMr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 2, 2019
Trump was referencing a press conference in July 2016 when he addressed Russia directly, stating, “Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, including whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before Congress on Wednesday and said that Trump’s former informal adviser Roger Stone had informed Trump in advance of WikiLeak’s release of hacked Democratic emails in the summer of 2016.
“Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Cohen testified, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks.
“Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of ‘wouldn’t that be great,’” Cohen added.
Both Stone and WikiLeaks denied Cohen’s account.
CPAC is an annual gathering of conservative activists that features high-profile speakers. Many conservative university students attend the event.